School News

Join the Family Involvement Team


The next @McKinleyDSM Family Involvement Team (FIT) meeting is set for Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Any and all family members of current McKinley students are welcome to attend these monthly meetings. Learn more about what’s happening at your child’s school and support us with your time and talent. See you then!

The McKinley Food Pantry is Open!


Our school has a food pantry that is available to all families of McKinley students. It is open every Tuesday evening from 4 – 6 p.m. or by appointment Monday through Friday. Dry goods, refrigerated and frozen items will be available with quantities determined by the number of people living in the household. To access … Read more »

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New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

Important Information – Between District Open Enrollment


Parents/Guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children in another public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the information in the document linked below (available in both English and Spanish). March 1, 2018 is the last date for regular open enrollment requests for the 2018-2019 … Read more »

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Superintendent, Board Chair Oppose Rescission of DACA


The following statement is from DMPS School Board chair Teree Caldwell-Johnson and Superintendent Tom Ahart in response to today’s announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be rescinded. Click here to read the statement.


Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


No more pulling crumpled paper flyers from your student’s backpack! Opportunities in the community will now be available online, instead of jumbled up with homework and artwork. Read about child-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Upcoming Events

Mar 30
No School – Professional Development Day
Mar 30
No School - Staff Professional Development
Apr 03
School Board Meeting
Apr 09
Family Involvement Team (FIT) Meeting
Apr 11
Kindergarten Sign-Up

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About McKinley Elementary School

1610 SE 6th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

P: 515-242-8423 | F: 515-242-8496 | E: 


McKinley Elementary serves as a school and as a resource center for our diverse community. Many of our PK-5 students bring a rich cultural heritage that finds expression at McKinley, a school that has served the community since 1902. Read More…

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